The 7 Best Price Guns

Updated November 14, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 37 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. If your business does not have or need an electronic point of sale system that reads bar codes, you'll probably be familiar with these price guns. Some are not just for price tags, but are also good for printing expiration dates, on-sale percentages, and more, and will label anything you need significantly faster than hand marking. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best price gun on Amazon.

7. Super Z Outlet MX5500 EOS

The Super Z Outlet MX5500 EOS can print up to eight characters, so it is capable of pricing items worth up to $999.99, or even higher if you don't need to include a dollar sign. It accepts universal labels and comes with an extra ink cartridge.
  • large trigger for quick firing
  • extremely low priced
  • output is a bit inconsistent
Brand Super Z Outlet
Model SZ208
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. DayMark SpeedyMark Express 10

The DayMark SpeedyMark Express 10 offers a great deal of versatility, as it can be loaded with up to 1,000 permanent, removable, dissolvable, or freezer-safe labels. No matter what type of point-of-sale business you run, this machine will help you get the job done.
  • prints one line of information
  • replaceable printing wheel
  • can be difficult to load
Brand DayMark Safety Systems
Model IT111163
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Motex AM1000 Pricemarker

The Motex AM1000 Pricemarker prints up to six characters and is favored in scores of retail chains. It's ready to be used right out of the box, as it comes preloaded with ink, but be warned that its special character selection is fairly limited.
  • accepts monarch 1110 labels and ink
  • prints clean and crisp characters
  • plastic casing is prone to cracking
Brand Motex
Model AM1000
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Kenco Premium 18 Kit

The Kenco Premium 18 Kit is easy to use and provides consistent results, so you rarely have to worry about unreadable or misprinted labels. It has a large ergonomic handle and trigger and loads in a snap, so having to switch rolls is nothing to fret about.
  • includes 8000 labels
  • comes with a label scraper
  • backed by a 1-year warranty
Brand Kenco
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

3. Monarch Pricemarker 1131

Pricing items is a breeze with the Monarch Pricemarker 1131 thanks to its easy drop-in loading design, its ability to hold up to 2,500 labels per roll, and its crisp, readable print. Each unit is drop-tested for durability and comes preloaded and ready to use.
  • automatic self-alignment
  • good range of special characters
  • acrylic casing won't crack
Brand Monarch
Model 925072
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Towa GS275

The Towa GS275 prints one line of text with up to six characters and has a rugged steel frame made specifically for applications where a high volume of daily use is expected. This is a no-frills tool that is all about function.
  • spring-loaded trigger
  • reliable japanese construction
  • large digit adjustment dial
Brand Towa
Model GS275
Weight 15.2 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Garvey 1910

The Garvey 1910 has a durable ABS plastic casing that stands up to daily use, and a quick pop-out holster that lets you change your ink or sticker roll and get back to work without missing a beat. It creates reliably crisp print that stands out on any label color.
  • smooth jam-resistant operation
  • weighs less than a pound
  • can be used to print date stickers
Model 1910-6/I1910-06001
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Putting A Price On Convenience

A pricing gun is a device that lets you quickly and efficiently affix labels to items’ surfaces. Because these guns have an ink roller and stamps built-in, your labels can convey exactly the information you need, whether this is a price, date, unit of measurement, tracking number, store name, or something else, depending on the model. With today’s more sophisticated pricing guns, you can include more than one line of information, too, making them an efficient method of communicating data.

Pricing guns offer a variety of benefits to stores that do not have barcode scanners. To begin with, they eliminate the hassle of employees having to handwrite labels, then peel them off, then affix them, a process which can eat up valuable time. As a bonus, the printing on the labels from the pricing gun will be uniform, which means no messy or illegible writing. When the customer brings an item to the cash register, the transaction runs smoothly thanks to an easily identifiable price.

In fact, an easy-to-find price on an item helps make the entire shopping experience more agreeable for your customers. Many will not want to take the time to find someone and ask the price of an item, while others will be annoyed at the lack of crucial information. You might also add other useful info that customers ask for often, such as sell-by date or date of packaging. This will free up workers from having to answer the same questions all day long.

While pricing guns have many benefits, there’s one objection that people sometimes raise regarding their use: If you put stickers on boxes or products, people may eventually want to remove them — and if the stickers leave an unsightly or sticky mark, the customers probably won’t be happy. Fortunately, modern pricing guns accommodate various kinds of labels, including dissolvable and removable options. And if you need to go the other way, towards affixing the label for life, you can try permanent labels.

When To Use A Pricing Gun

Stores without electric point of sale systems are only one of the many places where a pricing gun can add value and save time. These tools give you highly customizable labels, making them excellent for a range of uses both in the office and at home.

For example, if you’re planning a rummage or garage sale, then a pricing gun can be a lifesaver. Sure, you could group all same-price items together and put them on tables with signs (e.g., “All items on this table $1.00”), but are you really going to remember which table every single item comes from on sale day? And do you trust people not to move items between tables? A pricing gun prevents these kinds of headaches by letting you clearly mark each item.

Another way to get use from a pricing gun is in food storage, whether in the home pantry or commercial food service. When the date of purchase or packaging and the expiration date are marked clearly on a food’s label, then the chance of using old, expired food goes down considerably. Adding a bright, permanent label can be helpful even when the expiration date is on the item, since this information is often hard to find or smudged.

Pricing guns can help with inventorying of non-food items, as well. Let’s say you run a jewelry business out of your home, which requires you to keep many small items in a variety of boxes. You can use your gun to quickly add info to these boxes, whether that’s pieces inside, date purchased, cost of each, item number, and so on. You can even purchase labels in a variety of colors to help you color-code your inventory.

Taking Care Of A Pricing Gun

A good pricing gun is an investment that can last you for years — if you take care of it properly. Much of caring for a pricing gun is common sense, but there are a few best practices that are worth highlighting.

First, be gentle with it. Although a price gun is “analog” and doesn’t seem especially complex like a delicate piece of electronic machinery, it has plenty of moving parts that must fit together with precision. If you’re rough on it, you can jog these out of place or break them outright. To prevent accidental drops, use the wrist strap that most pricing guns include. Don’t end up with the frustration of being forced to replace the unit when the breakage could have been prevented by spending three seconds to put the lanyard around your wrist.

Second, use the right supplies with the pricing gun. As a general rule, manufacturers include information about the size and type of labels and ink pads that are compatible with the gun. They may even include model numbers for your convenience. By using the correct materials, you ensure that the gun operates the way it was designed to, which will prevent annoying problems. Make sure that your materials are in good condition, also, before you attempt to load them into the gun.

Third, if you do end up with an issue, such as a jam or broken piece, either take the time to stop and fix it or find someone who knows how to do so. For instance, if the labels are not coming out smoothly, the fix may be as simple as flipping open the body and cleaning it out. If you ignore the problem and try to keep working, however, you could end up with a much more difficult problem to solve.

Fourth, for the best results, work with a clean surface. Most labels won’t stick to dirty or wet materials. And if you plan to mark on a less-common material, such as rubber or concrete, look for labels designed specifically to stick to these.

Finally, when your ink pad runs out, don’t try to refill it. A replacement ink roller will cost you less than any damage you might do by trying to revive an old one.

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Last updated on November 14, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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